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Awayday travel & accommodation options

Our conference venue, the voco Oxford Spires Hotel, is situated approximately an hour's drive from London Heathrow airport, 2 hours from London Gatwick, 1.5 hours from Birmingham airport and around an hour by train or car from the cities of London and Birmingham.


Many of our delegates choose to stay at the conference venue itself and report that the accommodation and facilities are of a high standard. However, for those on a tighter budget, there are other more pocket-friendly options that members have told us have worked well for them. The voco Oxford Spires Hotel does have a number of twin rooms, too, so organising a room share via our Facebook group would be a great way reduce cost while making a new connection. 

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Delegates receive a discounted flexible B&B room rate of £160 single occupancy and £170 double or twin occupancy (can be cancelled up to midday of the day of check in) which includes access to the pool, steam room, sauna and gym.


Call 01865 324648 (9am to 5pm) and quote the Freelancers' Awayday with code 'G6T'. (Note that more competitive rates for the hotel, albeit with less flexibility, can sometimes be found through other online agents.)

  • stay at the Awayday venue

  • recently refurbished comfortable, modern rooms

  • free superfast wi-fi

  • free use of gym, spa with heated pool, sauna and steam room

  • 5-min bus ride or 20-minute walk from Redbridge Park & Ride (parking £8.50 for 24–48 hours) 

  • 10-min taxi ride (typically £5 fare) / 25-min walk from Oxford train station

  • 20-min walk from Oxford bus central bus station, where the London/Heathrow/Gatwick to Oxford bus terminates.

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​Other accommodation options

Travelodge, Abingdon Road, OX1 4XG 

(13-mins' walk; 5-min bus ride)

Christ Church Oxford College, St Aldates, OX1 1DP

(14-mins' walk; 6-min bus ride)

SpeedyBooker, various interested and often well-priced self-catering places to stay, e.g. Oxford colleges.

There are also a few guest houses on the Abingdon Road (same road as the Awayday venue).

Why not extend your stay?

Oxford is a great place to explore in September. Find out more about what you can do in Oxford.

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